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IV..., The personality of the promise made. sample, and first fruits of them that slept, "I will give you." O my Friends religion for as he rose triumphant from the dead by is a personal thing. A proxy, religion the power of God in himself; so must all God will not approve, nor will it suit the sinner. that die in him, for God has promised that The poor mistaken Jew said, "we have Abra- his “dead men shall live, and that together ham to our father," but it availed him nothing with his dead body shall they rise,”. and all No, it will not do for either you or me. David this that he might have the pre-eminence. could rejoice in the personality of the promise ; yes, in the very depth of trouble he

Again, he was the one and only one that exclaimed, “although my house be not so


pre-eminently trusted. In his hands with God, yet hath he made with me an ever. God trusted bis elect, his law, his covenant lasting covenant, ordered in all things and of grace, his justice, his gospel, his holiness, sure; this is all my salvation and all my de- bis honour, yea, all the rule and authority of sire, although he maketh it not to grow." earth, hell, and heaven; for himself saith

It will avail us nothing that God has made (Matt. xxviii. 18), “ All power is given unto a covenant, unless that covenant be made for me in heaven, and in earth.". Hence, be in and with us. We must not be satisfied with all things hath the pre-eminence,“ being a bare assent to the truth of God, a mere head highly exalted above all principality, and knowledge and notional religion; this will not be sufficient for us, the Spirit will make powers, and every pame that is named, not us feel avoid the world can never till, only in this world, but also in that which is and we shall feel the need of these mercies ex- to come” (Eph, i. 21), “that at the name perimentally. What a blessed consideration, of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven when the Holy Spirit brings a poor worm of and in earth." Phil, ii. 9. Here is his the earth into this position ! Ele will not leave pre-eminence clearly seen. him unsatisfied or unblest. O! no ! that is far Again, he is pre-eminent in his nature; from Him! nor will he leave or forsake us for though there is a likeness between him when we are called to cross Jordan's stream, and his in their nature, after regeneration, then we shall hear him say, "I will give you yet there is a great disparity between them : the sure mercies of David."

Christ's nature, both human and divine, is “ Enough, my gracious Lord, Let faith triumphant cry;

perfect (sin is mixed with all they do); his My heart can on this promise live,

is pure, just, and holy, without a flaw; no Can on this promise die.”

word of passion ever escaped his lips ; no May God of his rich mercy grant us grace,

unhallowed frown ever distorted his counthus to live, and thus to die, then shall our tenance; no lust flashed in his eye; no anger end be like our departed brother's : his was burned in his bosom; he was pre-eminently peace through the blood of the Lamb, and he proof against them, and all other passions, now sings, Worthy the Lamb that once was being pure in bis human nature : and slain to receive honour, power, glory, for ever, having the Spirit poured on him without and ever. Amen."

measure, He thus was pre-eminent above all CHRIST'S PREEMINENCE,

angels, men, and devils, “ for in him dwellBY MR. JOHN CORBET,

eth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily," Of Norwich.

and bis church is completo in him. Col.

ii. 9, 10. * The first-born from the dead, that in all things Again, he is pre-eminent over sin. There he might have the pre-eminence." Col. i. 18. is no other that had to do with sin but was This Scripture is most certainly spoken in defiled by it; but he could bear the whole of reference to Christ the Son of God, and the the sin of his church to be laid on him; and Son of Man, our glorious Saviour, and is he could take it upon his almighty shoulder, what could not be spoken of any other, and and carry it into the land of forgetfulness, a matter most blessed for a tried Christian to and then shake it off into the sea of oblivion, reflect upon, seeing all that Christ has is as Paul did the viper into the fire, and feel his. Christ was the first that rose from the no harm, but return in perfection, and tridead to die no more. The Shunammite's umph, having trodden down strength, spoiled son was raised from the dead by Elijah, and principalities and powers, and made a show Dorcas by Peter, and Lazarus by our Lord; of them openly, and triumphed over them, but they all had to die again, but he died no They having thus conquered sin and reigned more; their souls were recalled to a natural pre-eminently over it, so hath sworn for and mortal body, but Christ was raised ibe encouragement of his followers that sin with a spiritual and immortal body.

sball not have dominion over them, for they Again, Christ was the first to enter heaven are not under the law but under grace; and from the grave. Enoch had entered it by grace shall reign through the righteousness translation, and Elijah by a fiery chariot, of Christ, unto eternal life. Thanks be to but neither of them saw death, or entered God who bath given us the victory through the grave; hence, Christ is the firstborn from our Lord Jesus Christ. the dead that entered heaven, to the admira- Again, he is pre-eminent over death, "0 tion of angels, who had never before seen death, I will be thy plagues; oh grave, I the fruit of the grave, of which Christ is the 'will be thy destruction !" repentance shall be hid from mine eyes; he gave himself into righteousness, if you would know it, for no the hands of death, and there could have other can solve it; and it is my belief you lived for ever, had he pleased, so that death bave no more right to ask such a question could never have killed him; and had he than Adam had to take the apple ; both the not given his life a ransom, it could not have act and the question ariseth from a proud been taken from him, nor sacrifice given and curiosity to interefere with what you have no atonement made for his church , but he was right to know any further than it is revealed. pre-eminent over life, and death; he could It is said, that, in "all things he might live as long as he pleased, even in the jaws have the pre-eminence;" and as far as we of death; he could lay down his life when he can trace, it is so, and that which is secret pleased, and could take it again when he belongs unto God, and only what is revealed pleased; thus he was and is pre-eminent : unto us and our children; the answer given i I lay down my life (said he) that I might unto Daniel (xii, 13), ought to suffice us, take it again : no man taketh it from me; I and if not, no other will be given, “Go thou have power to lay it down, and I have power thy way till the end be, for thou shalt rest to take it again.” John x. 17. 18.

and stand in thy lot at the end of thy days.” Again, this pre-eminence extends to the Reader, may it be your and my lot to whole race of men, angels, and devils; and know that our lot is a free-grace one, then the last day will discover this, when he shall hereafter it will be a free glory one, for ever take to himself his great power, and shall and ever with him that hath the pre-emireign, then shall he come in the clouds with nence. great power, and glory, and every eye sball see bim, and every soul will be arraigned be

MARY, OR THE POWER OF fore him, then will he ascend his imperial

PENITENCE. throne, crowned with majesty, and honour, without pomp or ceremony, in his own

MARY, of sinners was the chief;

She ran to Jesus for relief; self-sufficiency, to give the last touch to his

Her weight of sins, she knew full well, greatness, without recorders, briefs, accusa

Would sink her guilty soul to hell. tions, or depositions ; counsellor, witness, or

Despised, rejected by mankind, jury, he will commence the strange work of Behold the wretch ! she stands behind judging in righteousness, without confusion, The great eternal King of kings; or partiality, and in su :h wisdom, love, and Fain would she rest beneath his wings. justice, that none shall consider him unjust; Behold the tears ! how fast they flow! and in such power will he pronounce the

Down to her Saviour's feet they go, sentence, Go, ye cursed ; or, Come, ye blessed; To wash his feet, and thus with care as shall make all the ranks of unbelievers fall She wipes them with her curling hair. back and sink into perdition, and cause all

This woman still behold her lie, believers to bow at humbled distance and then

Helpless and ruined, Lord, as I ! march forward towards him with holy admi

Thy Spirit, Lord, and that alone,

Could bring this rebel to thy throne. ration and wonder; and he shall walk before

“Woman (cried he), thy sin's forgivea; them into glory as their King, Head, and

Go thou in peaco, and wait for heaven; Saviour, and introduce them as the trophies Go, live by faith, and you shall find of his conquest on earth, and then deliver up To share the vast eternal mind." his kingdom to his Father; and so Christ's me- Now Mary's freed from charge of sin ; diatorial kingdom on the earth will become No mortal dare her soul condemn; “the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Spotless as an angel stands, Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever," And everlasting life demands. Rev. xi. 15, “ And there shall be no more

Now angels wait with strong desire

To bear her 'midst the heavenly choir, night there, and they will need no candle,

There to mingle in the song neither the light of the sun, for the Lord

Which warbles from angelic tongue. their God giveth them light, and they shall

Now Mary's gone, exalted high, reign for ever and ever." Rev. xxii. 5. Thus

Where angels all their pow'rs employ the Lord will be unto them their everlasting To praise the Lamb, who once was slain light, and the days of their mourning will be To honor man with heaven again. ended, and their God their glory. Thus Exalted there upon a throne, Christ had, now hath, and will ever continue Near the Great Eternal One, to have, the pre-eminence; and blessed in Else in her Saviour's arms at rest, deed will they be who can adore him as such Reclining on his sacred breast. here, for they shall praise him as such here

I, like Mary, fain would lie, after for ever!

With aching heart and weeping eye,

Till I am called to rise, and soar But you are ready to say, you have not solved the long disputed point about whe

'Midst angels, bright as golden ore.

No more shall care, nor sin, nor pain ther Christ will have the pre-eminence in Molest her sacred heart again; number by saving more than were lost. In

A heavenly calm bath seized her breast, answer to this, I would say, the question is And now is her eternal rest. one you must-put to him that reigneth in Dartford.



when he says,

« THE EARTHEN VESSEL” PULPIT. THE LAMB OF GOD. he could find no fault in him. The law of BY MR. JOHN BLOOMFIELD.

God could find no blemish. Well might PREACHED IN SALEM CHAPEL, MEARD'S Peter say, “He was the Lamb without

COURT, DEAN-STREET, ON LORD'S-DAY, blemish, and without spot.” Again, Jesus

was the submissive Lamb. Is there any thing bim, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which of Jesus ? No, he was a mourner, but not a

“ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto like passion, folly, or murmuring, in the life taketh away the sins of the world !" John i. 29, murmurer, he mourned, and wept as it were

Tue principal theme in the ministry of the tears of blood. His submission the prophet gospel is the personal majesty of Christ as saw through the vista of ages, when he exthe incarnate God, wbo came into the world claimed, " he was led as a Lamb to the slaughto secure by merit, and power, the salter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb Fation of a great number, which no man can 80 opened he not his mouth.” Jesus endured number. The object of the Saviour's mis- the buffettings of satan, the scourging of men, sion was one of mercy, one of love; he, by and the burning ire of his father's anger against coming into the world, was the manifesta- sin, yet murmured not. He was in agony of tion of the love of the eternal God to poor soul, he came into depths were there was no fallen sinners : Christ, by his personal dignity, standing, in the garden of Gethsemane. Lisby his official relationship, was in every ten to his

“ Father, if it way qualified for the great work which he be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevercame into the world to perform : “He was theless not my will, but thine be done." How mighty to save, ” and a light to those who little can we imitate the Lord Jesus in his sat in darkness. The man who feels his dan- submission over the rugged pathway of life : ger, and drops his head on account of sin, we say, Lord, take this trouble away, but selrejoices to hear of one who can raise him up; dom say, not my will but thine be done. ho who feels his captivity is happy to hear of Christ is the exalted Lamb. When the door of the Great Emancipator, one who can break heaven was opened, John saw a large comthe bonds and set the captive free. The minis- pany, and heard the sound of "worthy is the ter's work is to say to such, “behold the Lamb which has been slain.” Oh, ye travellers Lamb;" not to preach ourselves, not to say to Zion above, would ye not hail the

presence behold me, but stand behind, and hold up of the Lamb ? Do ye not long to join in the the tapestry that Christ may be seen, saying ballelujah's around the throne, “where all to the law-condemned, sin-distressed sinner, tears shall be wiped from off all faces?" "behold the Lamb of God."

Jesus was the Lamb appointed by God ere 1st, We propose noticing the precious sin had an existence in the world : he was Lamb here spoken of.

the Lamb provided, the Lamb accepted, and 2nd, “The removing of sin by him who the Lamb honored' of God. taketh away the sin of the world."

Second, The removing of sin. There are 3rd, The gospel direction, “Behold the four ways in which sin is removed. First, by Lamb of God."

imputation, so that sin is not charged to man's First, the precious Lamb here spoken of account, but on the sin-bearer, even Jesus, Not a lion, though he is the Lion of the tribe on whom God hath laid the iniquity of us of Judah. He is a Lamb in his grace, and all.",

“ Blessed is the man to whom the in the gospel to his people; he is the Lion Lord imputeth not inquity.”. This is that will return to execute justice upon his very beautifully set forth in Levi. xvi. 21, enemies. Christ is the sacrificial Lamb. 22. And it is most beautifully preached by Other lambs were offered up in prefigura- the Psalmist, when he says," as far as the tion of the Lamb of God Other sacrifices east is from the west, so far hath he removed were offered but could never put away guilt; our transgressions from us ;" and by the aposbut Jesus hath appeared once in the end of tle, “who can lay any thing to the charge the world to put away sin by the sacri- of God's elect ?” Secondly, Jesus hath taken fice of himself, How beautifully did away the defilment of sin : there is a moral the types and shadows adumbrate, or defilement in sin. What is it that accuses us set forth, the great anti-type, ere Jesus of sin? The law of God; the conscience; the in his sufferings and death was slain upon world, and the devil, are the accusers of the Calvary,—that blood-marked bill,—to put brethren ; but God listens not to the accuser, away the sins of his people! Again, Christ for there is one who standeth at God's right was the immaculate Lamb. John saith, "ye hand, to judge the poor and needy. The know that he was manifested to take away whole range of Scripture shows that there is sin; and in him was no sin.” In Jesus a moral defilement in sin; the Psalmist saith, there was unstained purity and dignity, “Wash me, and I shall be clean ; yea, whiter and glory which will never fade. In him than the driven snow." the scrutinizing eye of the world could Thirdly, Jesus hath taken away the find no guile; even his vacillating judge said penalty due to sin, God is strictly righteous,

as well as lenderly merciful. He never gave which goes before them, and deprives them of up his rights in giving man freedom from the that consolation so evidently in them, as exwrath to come. Jesus took the sinner's place pressed in our version. Some say, as Deity by being their surety, by bearing their pun- cannot be grieved, they denote the outward ishment due to transgressors. Oh, wondrous dealings of God, which sympathizing men love ! that God should have sent the Lamb, to manifest to those in trouble: and thus satisfy stern justice, that we might be de- by a foreign sense seem to fritter away livered from the wrath to come--again, Je- the literal meaning of the words, which, sus hath taken away the dominion of sin,-if understood of the pre-existing soul of the apostle saith, "sin shall not have do- Christ, are both easy and interesting. minion over you;" yet sinners, sin hath woven Of bis soul, it may be said, it was the soul its web around thy soul, and in thy afflictions, of him who was Jehovah, the great God, the why is the Christian at times so cast down, Creator of beaven and eartb, whose throne is 80 feeble in prayer, so afraid to approach for ever and ever, whom all the angels wor. the throne of grace; feeling in his own soul ship, and every saint adores. The soul of a so little of spirituality, is it not sin but mere man is the noblest part of his nature ; by and bye, we shall be for ever freed from but the soul of Jehovah Jesus, though it is the indwelling of sin : by and bye, the old infinitely lower than his divinity, it is vastly tabernacle shall be taken down," and superior to all others; it is the highest, the fashioned like unto Christ's glorious body.". holiest, and the happiest that ever existed, or

Lastly, the gospel direction. “ Behold the ever will. It is bigh in nature--nearness to Lamb of God." To whom is this addressed ? God-the office it held as Head and MediaThese words were spoken to the crowd who tor; the place and power it still has, and will were near Jesus. John had told the people "he hold. The saints on earth are near to God, it is who coming after me, is preferred before and saints above are very high, but wbich of me, whose shoes lachet, I am not worthy all the inhabitants of heaven bas be honoured to unloose;" doubtless many were in nature's so highly as the soul of his Son! The saints darkness to whom these words were ad- are inseparably one with God in Christ; but dressed ; they saw Jesus with their natural the soul and body of Christ are so united to eyes, but we cannot address the people in his divine person, that he is worshipped as this way; it would be useless to say to those God. Whatever may be their ultimate conthat are blind, see Jesus; but we can say to formity to him, they can never rise to an those whose eyes are opened ; we can say equality with him. The soul of Christ was to those who are crying, “men and brethren and is the holiest of all. It was the head of what shall we do to be saved ?". “ Be- holiness to all his mystical members, the hold the Lamb of God." “ Believe on fulness from which they were to be well supthe Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be plied, by which they should all be sanctified saved.” We are to point those to the Lamb in due time. However holy other souls may who want to know how their sins are to be be they have no holiness to part with; they washed away; thus we say “ behold the pro- want all for their own use ; but Christ has vision made for every needy sinner.” “Herein enough for all that come to, and call upon, is love, not that we loved God.” In this him for it. The soul of Christ was so preprovision is seen the unutterable love of God. eminently holy that it was impossible it * There remaineth now therefore no more should be otherwise. It was the happiest sacrifice for sin.” And sinner if you are not soul in existence; the exceeding highness concerned about the atonement, 'if careless and holiness with which it was endued must about the blood and sacrifice of Jesus, or bave been no small part of the happiness it trusting in thine own righteousness, it may enjoyed. The most holy souls are the most well be written in thine beart, and o'er happy on earth ; and in heaven, where holithine head, “ there remaineth no other sacri- ness is complete, happiness will be the same. fice whereby we can hope to join in the song Where sin is wholly banished, perfect blessedof the ransomed around the throne of God ness abides. The soul of Christ was with the and the Lamb."

J. KERRAL. Father; lay in his bosom, enjoyed his love, THE SOUL AND SYMPATHY OF up with him, and was daily his delight, re

was as one brought forth by him, and brought CHRIST.

joicing always before him, (Prov.viii. 24,30),

and thus had the glory of his blissful presence "And his soul was grieved for the misery of before the world was. (John xvii. 5). And Israel.” Judges x, 16.

this his happiness he will have his given peoThe marginal reading of the above words is ple see, and with him enjoy for ever. (John -"His soul was shortened,as if its happi- xvii, 24). ness was lessened by their trouble. Some “Jesus thy power and grace employ think the words refer to the soul of Israel; To raise this soul of mine and then it would read, “ Their soul was Up to the heights of heavenly joy, grieved for the misery of Israel;" which

And make it more like thine, would be contrary to the word “Lord," The soul of Christ was the first in being :

not only in the divine purpose, but also by an The soul of Christ was sympathetic. “His act of divine power. Had it not existed till soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.” his body was born in Bethlehem, many other The wickedness of the world was grievous to souls must have been in heaven before bis ; him, and so he destroyed it with a flood. but to me it seems quite right his soul (Gen. vi. 6.) And the sins of the present should be there before them; yet this opinion world are preparing it for destruction by fire, would neither satisfy me por others without the people of Israel had been distinguished Bible proof. We beg to introduce it there- from all others by a rich variety of civil and fore in some degree to the attentive reader. religious advantages ;. but they did evil

In the 8th chapter of Proverbs, verses 22 against the God of their mercies in forming and 23, we have Christ speaking of himself an affinity with the Canaanites, serving their in language evidently too low for abstract gods, and forsaking the Lord; (Judges x. 6.) divinity, and which nevertheless is very so that he delivered them into the hands of suitable to him as a complex person, wherein their enemies, by whom they were oppressed his soul “ was possessed and set up by Jeho- many years ; nevertheless, when they repentvah ere the earth was." Hence we find he ed he regarded their affliction, and heard was "the firstborn of every creature, and their cry, (Psalm cvi. 44.) They rebelled among many brethren, and the beginning of and vexed his holy Spirit; yet in all their the creation of God.” [See Col. i. 15; Rom. affiction he was afflicted; the angel of his viii. 29; Rev. ii. 14.] As divine, he could presence saved them; in his love and pity he neither be born nor created ; but both are redeemed them. (Isaiah lxiii. 9.) true when understood of his firstborn or first As these things were said of him before his created soul.

coming in the flesh, they are well suited to The objections sometimes made to the an- signify the actual existence of something hucient existence of the soul of Christ are so man in his person. In confirmation of this frivolous and weak that I have now no wish might be added the several scriptures in to answer them. I believe the above Sorip- which he appeared in a human form, and is tures cannot be easily understood in any called a man in the Old Testament. And we other way.

find him with the same sympathizing soul “ Thý soul was high in heavenly love, after his incarnation as before. He beheld The first of all that are

the city of Jerusalem and wept over it. Chosen to be in realms above,

(Luke xix. 41.) And of him it is said when And see thy glory there."

at the grave of Lazarus, "Jesus wept,” John The soul of Christ was human. This ap- xi. 35. Their sorrows excited the compassion pears in its being grieved for the miseries of of his soul, and raised in it a fellow feeling Israel ; though he is often called an angel on for their assistance. And it is well that account of his perfect purity, spirituality, “We have not a high priest that cannot be and immortality; yet he is expressly distin- touched with the feeling of our infirmities ;" guished from the angels, (particularly in but we have one, in the soul of Jesus, that Heb. i. & ii.) and his soul is not to be con- can and does sympathize with us in all our founded with them,—" He taketh not on troubles of soul, body, and circumstances. bim the nature of angels.” But we are glad And this appears in the pardon of our sins, to know he took the nature of man, both in the removal of our maladies, the supply of soul and body." And it beboved him in all our wants, the sanctification of our woes, the things to be made like unto his brethren." acceptance of our services, and the salvation We conclude, his soul, like theirs, was hu- of our souls. Let this encourage us to hold man;, with 'understanding, will

, affections, fast our profession, and come continually to capable of joy, grief, &c., yet without sin. the throne of grace for all we want. (Heb. It was the same soul that became in- iv. 14, 15, 16.) carnate, was made an offering for sin, was “ When Israel fell beneath their foes, poured out unto death, was exceeding sor- Thy sympathizing soul rowful under the awful punishment due to Feels every pain our nature knows, his people, which the prophet foretold, and And makes the wounded whole. the evangelist relates. (I saiah liii. 10, 11, 12; Thy soul an offering was for us Matt. xxvi. 38.) It was with God, one with Who hate the power of sin ; his divine person, and so he was God. (John While we are saved to praise thee thus, i. 1.) Not that either of his natures were With joy and peace within." changed or mixed by the union, for they Little Gransden, Sept. 11. T. Row. were still distinct-infinitely different-yet 50 united as to constitute but one complex Died on Fast-day, Mrs. J. Tarfs, of Union-street, person. Thus the Old Testament saints had Poplar, a godly and consistent member of the

church of " Bethel." She bad just left her home to à real mediator as well as we.

call for a friend who had promised to accompany “ Thy heaven-born soul and glorious mind, her to chapel, but was seized with illness, and in With most superior powers,

a few moments her spirit was " present with the Was with the nobler nature joined,

Lord." Previous to her flight she said to her friend,

“ The Lord knows what He is doing.” Her life And near akin to ours.”

and end were peace.

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